Disgusted

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Disgusted!

Here were are, just a couple of months away from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  rncNot long afterwards we will find ourselves in the midst of the general election.  For conservatives, the hour is dire and the consequences of losing the general election to either candidate of the democratic party may be too great for us to ever reverse course and restore the Republic.

Considering all that is at stake, to what have the republican electorate been subjected?  Tweets, tweets, more tweets, and tabloid BS!  I’ve had about all I can stand of this tweeting nonsense and the media’s incessant obsession with it!  We have one presidential candidate who is obviously addicted to being a nocturnal tweeter and has taken being “politically incorrect” to a whole new level.  Instead of hearing candidates addressing critical policies and issues, we are instead subjected to garbage!

trump1The leading candidate, Trump, couldn’t wait to get the field dwindled down to two or three candidates so he could talk about issues without having to deal with how “unfairly” he’s being treated.  Now that we have achieved that point in this primary, where is he?  He’s running away.   We finally have an opportunity to give the electorate what they deserve, a substantive debate.  But that doesn’t appear as though it’s going to happen.  And, quite frankly it’s not only sad, it’s disgusting!

Instead, “the Donald” finds it necessary to take this primary season even deeper into the proverbial gutter.  As a result, Ted Cruz has now had to resort to defending his family and saying things he wished need not be said.  To his credit, today Cruz has decided to take the high road (see below).

I ask you, are we deserving of all of this?  Is this what we wanted?  Hell no!  And, we have only one person to thank for this, Donald Trump.  Yes, that’s right!  So all of you Trump apologists can try and do what your candidate hasn’t been able to do, act respectfully.

It cannot be said that I am simply one of those “anti-Tump” movement types.  As a matter of fact, if you read some of my past posts, you will see that I was initially a supporter of Trump.  I defended him against those who I felt treated him unjustly, and against those who called him Hitlerian.  I gave him every benefit of the doubt and opened my mind up to what he had to say.  Unfortunately as time passed, Trump has become a political Don Rickles.    If he’s been consistent and clear on anything, it’s that he has never hesitated to lob insults at anyone who becomes a political threat to him.

First on Trump’s chopping block was Ben Carson.  Trump wasted little time comparing that man to a pedophile, and then ridiculed Carson’s attempt at stabbing a classmate when he was a troubled young man.  Also on Trump’s list was Rubio, who weeks prior to the Republican Primary in Florida, posed a legitimate threat to Trump.  Trump mocked Rubio’s height, referring to him as “Little Marco”.  And, candidates aren’t the only ones on the Donald Trump train of insults.  megynMegyn Kelly was an honored recipient as well.  Referring to a GQ photo shoot that Megyn Kelly once did, “the Donald” called her a “bimbo”.  (In hindsight, an interesting choice of words considering that Trump’s wife Melania also did a photo shoot as a model which was considerably more revealing and less tasteful.)

But then there’s Ted Cruz, the one candidate who has a legitimate chance of dethroning Trump’s bid for the Republican nomination.  The single candidate who is a clear Constitutional Conservative.  To Trump’s credit, he must have realized early on that Cruz was a viable candidate.  He wasted no time in labeling Cruz, “Lying Ted”.   A little over a week ago, Trump marched into Utah prior to the Utah caucus, his guns loaded with Cruz insults referring to him as “Lying Ted”.  He stood in front of the people of Utah and addressed them, proclaiming that “Utah doesn’t like liars”.  Well, let’s just say he was right about that.  Cruz earned almost 70% of the vote in Utah, with Trump finishing last, behind Kasich with only 14%.

cruz-presidentCalling Cruz, “Lying Ted” is one thing.  But Trump pushed the envelope too far last week when his insults took on a personal tone, attacking Heidi Cruz (wife of Ted Cruz).  His intentions were clear.  His tweet insulted Heidi Cruz’ physical appearance and then blamed his tweet on Cruz, stating it was a reaction to a campaign ad for which Cruz was responsible.  There’s only one problem with Trump’s excuse, Cruz’ campaign had absolutely nothing to do with the ad and Trump knows it!

If this goes to the republican convention without any republican candidate receiving the necessary 1237 delegates, things may just get even more ugly.  We don’t need a crystal ball to predict how things may go.  Should Trump not receive the 1237 delegates, he won’t become the nominee on the first ballot in Cleveland.  He’s already attempted to politicize this, telling the public that should he end up with most (not majority) of delegates, that he is owed the nomination.  He is attempting to get the people behind him to develop enough outcry to have the rules of the convention altered in his favor.  Well, I’m sorry Donald, but that’s not how it works.  You see, you need a majority of the delegates, not the most delegates to win the nomination.   Trump has received a little more than 35% of the popular vote during this primary.  That means that approximately 65% (a majority) voted against him.

I know…the same can be said for Ted Cruz.  And, you would be correct in saying that.  Cruz, will also not have a majority of the delegates, which is why we are likely to see an open convention.  And should that happen, the insults will continue to fly and chaos may ensue.

So here we stand.  This is how it’s apparently going to be.  We conservatives are not going to have the opportunity to see the primary play out with any integrity.   The media sensationalize all of this nonsense and they feed on it like hungry sharks playing right into “the Donald’s” hands.  The republican primary has become one big joke!  Hillary-Bernie-handshakeYou can almost see Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders laughing it up and dancing the Foxtrot together.  We are at a critical time in the history of this country, and this is what the republican primary process has given us.  It’s embarrassing and I for one, am disgusted!

 

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Free Market Economy

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Natural Laws

One of the most dangerous and fruitless efforts made by man is to attempt to alter the natural order of things.  These things can include the economy, social norms, morality, and even nature.  Venezuela is a textbook case of a country in collapse, which was the direct result of a government’s attempt to alter the course of natural events.  How did they do this you ask?  One word:  Socialism.

venezuelaIn a Washington Post article from over a year ago (found here),  they address some of the failed policies of the Venezuelan government.   If you read this article, as an American it should be somewhat frightening to you.  Below are a few excerpts which support my statement:

  • “(Venezuela) doesn’t have an economy, so much as a poorly run oil exporting business that isn’t enough to subsidize everything else.”
  • “(Venezuela thinks) it can print as much money as it wants without stoking inflation by just saying it won’t.”
  • “The trouble is that while it has tried to help the poor, which is commendable, it has also spent much more than it can afford, which is not. Indeed, Venezuela’s government is running a 14 percent of gross domestic product deficit right now, a fiscal hole so big that there’s only one way to fill it: the printing press”

Is any of this starting to sound familiar?  So here we are.  In the good ol’ US of A.  The “Teflon” country.  We are resilient, right?  None of this could ever happen here, right?  Our economy is doing well under Obama, right?  Wrong!

Here is an image of the US Deficit as a percentage of GDP:defecit

Folks, we aren’t that far off from where Venezuela is!  And we are printing Cassidy-Bernie-Sanders-Loud-and-Clear-1200money, increasing our debt, and no one has made any effort to decrease federal spending.  To make matters worse, we have a presidential candidate in Bernie Sanders, who is an unapologetic socialist!  Hillary Clinton is just an “in-the-closet” socialist, who is close enough to Sanders to “feel the Bern” of socialism.  What happened in Venezuela is not a coincidence.  And, if we think it can’t happen here, we are dead wrong!

The free market economy is the remedy to our own pending economic collapse.  The free market economy is guided by “spontaneous order“, a natural law, if you will.  Government is an obstruction to this order.  It cannot dictate this order.  It cannot subsidize industries and still maintain this order.  It cannot pick and choose winners in the economy and maintain this order. It cannot enforce egalitarian policies and maintain this order.  It cannot impose socialist policies and maintain this order.  It cannot print money to influence the economy and maintain this order.  It cannot raise minimum wages and maintain this order.  Government can do nothing to effectively improve on this.  Government can only detract from it.  economy

People and the free market make up the natural order of things.  Not the government.  It is neither possible, nor responsible to impose policies to improve on this.  No good can come from that.  There is a reason this country has historically been the greatest nation on earth.  There is a reason people from impoverished, socialist economies desire to leave these places and come to America.  Our free market system provides hope and opportunity unlike anything they have ever seen before.

We cannot allow for our political leaders to get in the way of what is the greatest bastion of opportunity and prosperity.  For when we do, we will lose it all.  The law of nature always wins!

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Civil Disobedience

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Civil Disobedience

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” – The Bill of Rights, Amendment I

Peaceably assemble…that is a very important part of the First Amendment.  There has been a lot of discussion lately following the violence that took place at a planned rally for Donald Trump in Chicago last week.  Regardless of your opinion of Donald Trump, the law provides guidance on how to decipher what happened.

As you can see above, the First Amendment provides the right to free speech.   As written in the Bill of Rights, Congress can not make law restricting free speech.  Therefore there is no law to prevent Trump from holding this rally and speaking freely.   Whether you agree or disagree with him, he has that right.

The problem with all of this is not whether or not Trump has this right.  The problem is those who have taken liberty with the First Amendment to believe it is their right to forcefully stop Trump from speaking.  That is not a right provided in the First Amendment.  Instead, it’s another in the long line of examples where the left who preach tolerance, do not exercise tolerance.  ben shapiroWhether it’s Trump in Chicago or Ben Shapiro in LA, the left demonstrates intolerance and a true disregard for free speech.  In their world, everything is to be tolerated, unless you are right-wing and conservative.

Somewhere along the way, the left (with support from the media) have redefined “civil disobedience” as the “right to free speech”.   Civil disobedience occurs when protesters do not assemble “peaceably” as described in the First Amendment.  Free speech is not civil disobedience. We have recently been witness to ways in which the left and the media have equated civil disobedience with free speech.   We witnessed it when we saw acts of violence in Baltimore, Md. and Ferguson, Mo..

The media and the left unilaterally decided that the First Amendment protected these heinous acts.  How did they do this you ask?  The leftist White House and leftist local government officials in Baltimore irresponsibly told us so.  If you don’t recall, listen for yourself to the mayor of Baltimore below who was in continuous consultation with Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to Obama:

And, what about the media’s role in this?  Let’s just say that silence speaks volumes.  Very few news agencies, reporters, nor the cronies they call expert guests, took a stand and decried these acts.   Those who did, were immediately labeled as racist.  We watched businesses burn and people lose their life savings during the events  in Ferguson, Mo. because of civil disobedience.

Again, civil disobedience and free speech are not one in the same.  Any provocation through civil disobedience has now become accepted and we are expected to be tolerant of it.   That my friends is Bovine Excrement!  Once we start tolerating it, we have lost the civil society.  We can not allow the left and the media to redefine the Bill of Rights.  reaganRonald Reagan knew the difference and refused to let others redefine it. Not only do we lack that kind of leadership today, we are subject to a president who is the polar opposite.

 

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Is This the Best We Can Do

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Is This the Best We Can Do?

Here we are, fresh off the heels of Super Tuesday, and to this point America has told us that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are on a collision course to contend against one another in the presidential election.    I know there are a lot of delegates yet to be decided.  But the concept of Trump v Clinton is troubling.  And what troubles me most is what it says about America.

lead_960On one  hand we have Donald Trump, a candidate that has endeared himself to a large contingent of Americans who are disgruntled with the current state of politics in this country.  No one has ever accused “The Donald” of being stupid.  He’s discovered that his path of least resistance to the presidency is by being a newfound voice against the current political establishment in the Republican party.

What makes all of this work for Trump is that he is wealthy and savvy enough to make his mark without relying on financial support from outsiders.  Oddly enough, the candidate that has raised the most “outside money” is Hillary Clinton.  According to OpenSecrets.com, as of February 22nd, Hillary Clinton has raised over $57.7 million from outside donors compared to $1.9 million raised by Donald Trump, a difference of 1/30th compared to Hillary.

But personal wealth is not the point of this article.  Trump, thus far has run a winning campaign based on rhetoric and insults.  Rhetoric which riles up those who follow him.  Insults which demonstrate he’s a master of deflection.  He’s so much as admitted that when a speech isn’t going well, all he has to do is talktrumpwall about the “wall” he is going to have built on the southern border.  And when that doesn’t have as much of an impact as he wants, he simply adds to it by saying he will get Mexico to pay for it.

Donald is an entertainer for certain.  But his constant barrage of insults towards other candidates, calling Cruz “nasty” and calling Rubio, “Little Marco” and a “light-weight”, are very unbecoming of someone aspiring to become president.  And so is his choice of language.  I find it appalling that as a presidential candidate, he hasn’t made any effort to censor his language.  He’s supposed to represent America, not embarrass us.

It’s also evident that Trump is starting to get confused with all of his insulting. FL_StateIcon In recent days, instead of using the label on Cruz, he’s now started calling Rubio “a very nasty man”.  But perhaps he’s really not confused at all.  Perhaps it’s because Texas is behind him and Florida is now in his sights.  And, this is indicative of what we’ve seen all along from Trump.  He is a weathervane, who will lob insults, rhetoric, and alter policy to whichever direction the wind is blowing at the time.

Sadly, I bought into the Trump hype early on.  He spoke about issues that were important to me.  He said all of the things I wanted to hear.  But then I started wanting something more.  I wanted to see some substance behind all of his words.  waiting-2I waited, and waited, and waited, but nothing.  The only thing I saw was more of the same.  It was time for me to move on.  I just wished my other conservative friends saw the same thing.   He’s turned the primary process, what should be one of the most deliberate and no-nonsense events for Americans, into a circus.   A blemish on our country.

And then there’s Hillary Clinton.  Where to begin and where to end?  But for purposes of keeping it short and simple, she’s the leading candidate for the Democratic Party and is possibly on a track towards being indicted by the federal government.   This woman has a trail of lies, scandals, and even mysterious deaths, that follow behind her that is longer than the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

hillaryAmong her scandals include Whitewater, accepting donations to her US Senatorial campaign from the family of Marc Rich (who was later pardoned by her husband Bill Clinton before he left the Office of President), claim of landing in Bosnia under sniper fire, being fired from the House Judiciary Committee as an attorney because she lied during the Watergate investigation, Beghazi,  Uranium Oneand the un-secure use of her private email server for official State Department business.  There are several more scandals, but the details stemming from many of those listed above could be considered treasonous.  

As recent as today, a news report came out regarding the FBI Director James Comey being called before a House Judiciary Committee regarding the investigation into her email scandal.  (See video below)

And following last evening’s Super Tuesday results, Hillary had the audacity to say, “I believe what we need in American today, is more love and kindness.”  This meme below provides a perfect response to that statement:

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The Office of President of the United States should be one of the most respected and coveted jobs in the world.  Instead we have two leading candidates who are truly undeserving of that office.  Look above.  Look at the character of these two and then take pause to think clearly about it.  But the bottom line is  this. It’s our own fault.  Yes, it’s the fault of Americans that we find ourselves in this position.  We have lost our moral compass.   We have been fooled by lies, and smoke and mirrors.  We need to be smarter than this!

It is very sad that in a country as great as the US, we can’t find two people more qualified than these two individuals.  Among all of the great thinkers, innovators, and countrymen who reside in this country, is this the best we can do?   I hope and pray that we become enlightened before it’s too late.  God bless us.

 

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